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3 Must See Asian Art Exhibitions in Sydney

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While European and Australian art is still the mainstream here, there is growing interest on Asian art, thanks to the great promotional effort of some of the leading public and private galleries. I've selected three great Asian art exhibitions on this winter for your exploration. Ranging from Japanese art, Chinese art through to the participative sculpture development with Thai born Australian artist, go check them out.

Kamisaka Sekka - dawn of modern Japanese design
Dawn of modern Japanese design exhibition will be held at the Art Gallery of New South Wales from 22 June onwards. Influenced by modern European styles and traditional Japanese art, Kamisaka Sekka's paintings on screens, ceramics and textiles are bold and visually rich. With loans from private collections and from the Hosomi Museum in Kyoto, this will be a great exhibition for you to delve into the world of Japanese culture and design.

Since not all the works can be displayed for the entire period due to their fragile nature, the exhibition will close for two days to allow change-over of some of the works. Therefore, there will be two parts for the exhibition; the first part will be held between 22 June and 22 July while the second part will be between 25 July and 26 August. Don't worry. You can still come back to view the second part of the exhibition as long as you keep the ticket.

Down the Rabbit Hole
Down the Rabbit Hole is currently showing at the White Rabbit Galley, Sydney's leading Chinese contemporary art gallery, until the 5th of August. Spread over the Gallery's four floors, the displayed works are a wonderful private collection of Judith Neilson. The Gallery is located on 30 Balfour Street, Chippendale, and it is open for free, from Thursday to Sunday, 10am to 6pm.

The show will take you on an imaginative journey from China via Taiwan to the West and back, through delightful variety of genres and styles, mixed with light, sound, comedy and colour. Some highlights are a dazzling installation made from discarded lamps, an ancient wall covered with runes in a contemporary language, and interesting papercuts, which transform myths into landscapes. You'll experience surprises from the twists and turns, and they will certainly linger in your mind.

Thai-na-town Little Oz
Different from the above two exhibitions, this one is participative in nature. Driven to assess the changing nature and identity of Chinatown, Thai-na-town Little Oz by Vipoo Srivilasa is the latest in 4A's Chinatown Mapping Project series. Established in 1996, 4A is a non-profit organization and a centre for contemporary Asian art, aiming at supporting Asian and Australian cultural dialogue.

Photo courtesy of artist, Vipoo Srivilasa

Vipoo's project will centre around a series of Thai restaurants located on Campbell Street interestingly known as "Thainatown" by local residents. A series of 'pop-up' studios at different restaurants along Campbell Street will be set up to invite local residents and workers to share their stories about coming to Australia.

If you are part of the community, here is the opportunity to meet with the artist. Over the course of one week (14 Jun 17 June), the artist will work with you to mould your wishes and dreams into miniature sculpture so that you can send it back to your family or friends.

Each session will take between 15-20 minutes. Visit here for more information and booking.

Dates and Locations:
Bangkok Restaurant, Capitol Theatre Arcade Thursday 14 June, 2-6pm
Chon Siam, 38 Campbell Street, Haymarket Friday 15 June, 12-5pm
House Restaurant, 202 Elizabeth Street, Haymarket Saturday 16 June, 12-5pm
House Restaurant, 202 Elizabeth Street, Haymarket Sunday 17 June, 12-5pm

Through delving into the world of Asian art, this will enrich your cultural experience. Enjoy your exploration.
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Why? A variety of Asian art exhibitions to enrich your cultural experience
When: This winter
Where: Various locations around inner city, Chinatown and Eastern subsurb
Cost: Varies
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